Sign Up for Updates

Detroit: Where the dead are registered to vote

MIGOP Calls for Winfrey’s removal from State Committee over poor local performance 

 LANSING, Mich., December 12, 2019 – Yesterday, the Public Interest Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit in Federal court against the city of Detroit due to a litany of irregularities that are present in the city’s voter file. These irregularities include; Detroit having 2,503 dead people on its voter rolls, 4,788 voters that appear more than once, 511,786 registered voters in a city with only 479,267 adults eligible to vote, and 16,465 registered voters that are missing a registration date. Also, one Detroit voter has a birthdate listed as 1823, making that voter nearly 200 years old. 

Currently, the Detroit voter file is managed by Detroit Clerk Janice Winfrey, whose tenure has been highly controversial. After the 2016 election,  Secretary of State Ruth Johnson conducted an audit of Detroit Precincts and found “significant discrepancies”. In 2017 in his campaign for Detroit City Clerk, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrest stated, “I don’t think it should have taken the state of Michigan to tell the city clerk to serve the voters better”. However, despite Winfery’s record of failure earlier this year, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson appointed Winfrey to the Election Modernization Advisory Committee which is tasked with implementing new Michigan voter laws.

“When thousands of dead people are registered to vote and there are more people registered than are eligible to vote in the city of Detroit either someone is trying to commit fraud or there is gross incompetence within the Detroit city clerk’s office,” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Either way Janice Winfrey has shown she is unable to do her job as Detroit City Clerk. It’s time for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to replace her partisan friend on the Election Modernization Advisory Committee with someone who knows how to run a modern election operation.”